Music Therapy is an HPC registered profession (allied to Health and
Education services). Therapists are trained musicians, with a post graduate
qualification in music psychotherapy, trained to use these skills in a clinical
setting to build a therapeutic relationship with the client. This can take many
forms depending on the setting; where a client is non-verbal (eg stroke
damage, profound physical difficulties, or the very young) improvised music
on instruments and with the use of free voice is used to build a safe
relationship between therapist/client with the aim of developing the client’s
communication skills, choice, confidence and expressive ability. In some
settings this can be very structured (eg helping a patient learn to use his voice
again, post stroke) or more psychodynamic (as in using song writing with
verbal clients with mental health issues). Music Therapy can be used to
support relationships eg between mother and baby where bonding has been
difficult perhaps due to post natal depression or adoption, and is often used in
group settings as a medium for people to share their feelings and support
each other (as in hospice work or in addiction recovery).
Each therapist brings their own kit bag of life experience, musical instruments
styles and emphasis. I am primarily a Singer and Violinist, and integrate yoga
philosophy/psychology into my therapeutic approach. I aim to meet each
client and situation with openness and compassion, helping the whole person
move towards physical and psychological health.
I am the Music Therapist at Katharine House Hospice, near Banbury. In this
post, I run a weekly therapy group and one to one with patients in both the
Day Centre and in the In-Patient unit. The group involves listening to
recorded music, improvised music making using a variety of instruments and
songs, song-writing as a therapy, and group counselling. With one to one
patients I often use yoga breathing and relaxation techniques in conjunction
with music to assist with anxiety, depression and sleep problems.
I also work in schools in Oxford with primary aged children with a variety of
special needs, including cerebral palsy, autism and ADHD. I work as part of a
multi-disciplinary team that includes Speech Therapy (www.theowltherapycentre.co.uk)
and Occupational Therapy (www.hopskipjumptherapy.com).
Kate is a member of the Association of Professional Music Therapists and
registered with the Health Professionals Council. She has professional
insurance and a current CRB check.
Music Therapy fees by contract.